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HOME FIRE SAFETY INSPECTION

You CAN improve Fire Safety in your home. Start today by performing a fire safety inspection of your home. Check your house or apartment room by room to see which of these fire hazards you can find. Then TAKE ACTION to correct them.

BASEMENT, GARAGE, STORAGE AREAS

KITCHEN

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LIVING/FAMILY ROOMS AND BEDROOMS

SAFE

UNSAFE

  • Remove all materials on or near your stove that could catch on fire, including paper, dishcloths, etc.
  • Put a box of baking soda and a large pot lid next to your stove. Get a kitchen fire extinguisher and learn to use it.
  • Remove electrical cords from under rugs, those nailed to walls and behind radiators.
  • Replace damaged cords on electrical appliances.
  • Remove "octopuses" from electrical outlets.
  • Discard old and unneeded flammable liquids such as cleaning fluids and paint thinners.
  • Move flammable liquids stored near stoves or other heat sources to a safe, distant location.
  • Clear area around portable heaters of drapes, furniture, and other burnable materials.
  • Test your smoke detector regularly and replace the batteries twice a year when you change your clock for Daylight Savings.
  • Cooking while wearing clothes with loose, floppy sleeves or full, billowing tips or skirts that may catch fire.
  • Reaching over a range or climbing onto a range to get something stored above it.
  • Attempting to extinguish a grease fire with anything but baking soda, fire extinguisher, or a lid.
  • Cooking without long hair tied back.
  • Using gasoline to start a fire in the grill or adding lighter fluid to an already-lit fire.
  • Smoking in bed, in a chair or sofa when tired, drinking, or on medication.
  • Smoking while using a cleaning fluid, a paint thinner, or other flammable liquid.
  • Using a cigarette lighter after spilling flammable liquid on hands or clothing.
  • Leaning against a range for warmth or standing too near a heater or fireplace.
  • Peering into a closet with a lighted match, lighter, or candle.
  • Sticking paper or wood into a space heater.

RURAL HOME FIRE SAFETY

If your house is located in a rural area surrounded by trees and other vegetation, these are some additional tips that will help improve the FIRE SAFETY of your home.